Policy Analyst

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 22 May 2020
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Job Description

PRB is seeking a policy analyst to provide technical support to activities in the International Programs (IP) department. For more than 25 years, PRB has worked with country governments, civil society, and local partners to build champions, empower communities, and communicate effectively through data-driven, innovative products. The successful candidate will contribute to a continuation of the Empowering Evidence-Driven Advocacy (EEDA) project which seeks to improve the implementation of existing family planning policies, particularly those that support youth access to and use of contraception, and to generate new funding and policy commitments for youth-friendly family planning.

This position is an ideal opportunity for a candidate committed to meaningful collaboration with youth-led organizations and other partners. The successful candidate will understand the importance of data as the foundation of sound policies and will be able to create advocacy materials that compellingly integrate family planning evidence in accessible formats and messages.

The ideal candidate for this position will thrive in highly-collaborative settings and will have experience successfully working in low- and middle-income country contexts. Finally, the successful applicant will have working competency in both English and French, including both excellent writing skills and the ability to present and lead discussions in both languages.

Primary Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of a senior policy advisor and with the PRB team, the successful candidate will:

  • Provide technical support to country-level activities promoting the use of evidence in policy advocacy. Tasks may include identifying and compiling data, contributing to the development of text and visuals for compelling print and digital materials, communicating with partners, and developing and implementing dissemination plans.
  • Draft and/or provide technical and editorial input on diverse PRB materials related to population, FP/RH, youth, gender, and other topics. Tasks may include conducting background research, gathering literature, analyzing data, interpreting, and writing findings and implications, and revising content based on internal and external review in close collaboration with PRB’s Communications team.
  • Participate in developing innovative ways for PRB to communicate news and information to diverse audiences. Compile and write blog posts, web articles, and other technical content for multimedia formats.
  • Provide capacity development to country-based advocacy partners through a variety of approaches, including through the facilitation of workshops, trainings, and webinars. Topics may include policy communication; effective media coverage of youth access to contraceptives; and advocacy and communications strategies and tools.
  • Manage the planning and successful execution of activities in one or more projects. Tasks include: providing support and oversight of partners, consultants, and contractors; developing activity goals, plans, and timelines; monitoring activity timelines, deliverables, and results; and overseeing workplans and budgets.
  • Contribute to new business pursuits, including drafting concept notes and proposals.
  • Represent PRB at professional conferences and meetings.


  • Master’s degree in public health, public policy, international affairs, demography, or a related field; plus three or more years of professional experience in international FP/RH.
  • Fluency in English required with full professional proficiency in French highly preferred. Professional fluency includes the ability to lead and facilitate meetings with native speakers, conduct interviews, and prepare and interpret correspondence and documents.
  • Demonstrated technical experience in the following areas: family planning policy analysis; family planning advocacy; youth access to and use of FP/RH; population and development linkages.
  • Experience working in developing countries, especially in Africa and with African institutions providing FP/RH policy and advocacy technical assistance.
  • Demonstrated activity management experience including developing workplans, ensuring quality and timeliness of technical deliverables, and managing budgets.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to work respectfully and collegially in teams, including with international partners and project funders, and to adapt to shifting priorities and timelines.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills with attention to detail.
  • Ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks simultaneously, adhering to deadlines.
  • Ability to travel overseas up to 25% of time to developing countries. Successful candidate should have a demonstrated record of traveling internationally at least twice per year over the past three years, or a recent long-term posting in a developing country.

Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. PRB has an excellent benefits package, including generous health, leave, and retirement programs.

Applications: Please remember to upload resume and cover letter in the “resume” section. Only finalists will be contacted. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

This position is located in Washington, D.C., and requires up to 25% international travel.

Equal Opportunity Employer – M/F/Disabled/Veteran

About the Organization

The Population Reference Bureau informs people around the world about population, health, and the environment, and empowers them to use that information to advance the well-being of current and future generations. Inform. PRB analyzes complex demographic data and research to provide the most objective, accurate, and up-to-date population information in a format that is easily understood by advocates, journalists, and decision makers alike. Empower. Our commitment to putting information into action sets us apart. PRB builds coalitions and conducts workshops around the world to give our key audiences the tools they need to understand and communicate effectively about population issues. Advance. PRB works to ensure that policymakers in developing countries and in the United States rely on sound evidence, rather than anecdotal or outdated information, when creating population, health, and environmental policies.

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